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Crime in Ireland 1945-95: Here Be Dragons (Clarendon Studies in Criminology) Hardcover – 10 Jul 1997


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  • Hardcover: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Clarendon Press (10 July 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198265700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198265702
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2.3 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,718,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This work is a welcome contribution to the development of criminology in Ireland. The book offers a useful analysis of patterns and trends in crime. - British Journal of Sociology Vol 50 No 2 1999

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John Brewer is Professor of Sociology and Head of Department at Queen's University Belfast. He is a well-established scholar with many OUP publications, including Inside the RUC, (1991) and Black and Blue, (1994) and After Soweto. Dr William Lockhart is a chartered forensic psychologist and the Director of EXTERN Organization. He has worked within the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland for over 20 years, and has published many academic papers and research reports in this field. Dr Paula Rodgers is a social policy worker with the Save the Children Fund. She has also written numerous papers in this area.

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The genealogy that links Celtic and Chinese Dragons is not clear but Chris Patten is seen by successive UK Governments to be a handy dragon wrangler. The Chinese Dragon treated him with occasionally bemused disdain. The Dragons that Brewer et al speak of are those of early cartographers who fancifully populated terra incognita with these fabulous beasts.

I can recommend this book to Chris Patten should he take up the task of chairing the independent commission on policing in Northern Ireland. However, I would also want to recommend a more radical collection, the special issue of Critical Criminology on Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland. Not only are both worthwhile attempts to get to grips with policing and crime in a divided society they are rare. It is this that Brewer et al address themselves to. The book appears in a series on criminology and is very much addressed to criminologists. It seeks to persuade them to look beyond paramilitary activity and State responses to it. In short to consider `ordinary crime', albeit in extraordinary circumstances. They make a strong case for using the island of Ireland as a test for criminological theories and for comparative criminology between it and the UK.

They do this through both quantitative and qualitative data. The quantitative data is extensive - 33 figures, 19 tables and a further 28 appended tables and allows comparisons within Ireland and to England and Wales. The qualitative data arises from two six month periods of fieldwork in the police sub-divisions of Castlereagh and Woodburn. The areas chosen in East and West Belfast were chosen to reflect the spatial location of the community divide. In-depth interviews were carried out with 110 individuals and 10 groups.
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